Yesterday my wee hero (and nephew) Jack, with the help of his lovely mum (my big sister!) and two of her amazing friends, hosted a charity coffee morning to raise money for Target Ovarian Cancer.
The event was well supported by the local community with friends and business donating hundreds of raffle prizes and cakes!
Together they raised an incredible £1060!! Isn’t that amazing!! It was so successful it was featured in a local newspaper!
When my nephew started to organise this event he wanted half of the money raised to go to Target Ovarian Cancer and half to go to me so that I could buy something to treat myself after my surgery.
Whilst this was the loveliest offer ever(!) it made me uncomfortable. Just because I have cancer doesn’t mean I am any less fortunate than anyone else. I have so much love and support and that gives me everything I could possibly want in the world. I didn’t want to profit from my diagnosis. So I found myself thinking about what I could do with the money that would benefit me and others.
I remembered my favourite quote:-
‘everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about, be kind always’
It gave me an idea….
What if I used the money to do random acts of kindness for complete strangers…buy a coffee for the person drinking alone; sit and have lunch with the homeless person sitting on the street; pay for the petrol of the tired truck driver behind me in the queue…and so on and so on.
This serves three amazing purposes:
- It fills me with happiness because I get to surprise people and see them smile.
- It reminds people that there is good in the world and always something to be grateful for.
- And maybe, just maybe, they will pass on this random act of kindness and together we really can spread love around like glitter!
My husband and I are so excited about the fun we can have surprising complete strangers. This will really help to cheer me up as I continue through my treatment.
We figure that if, on average, we spend £20 on each random act of kindness then we can surprise roughly 26 people. Now isn’t that wonderful? So many people will have a lovely surprise just as a ripple affect of my cancer diagnosis. I’m so glad more positivity can come from this awful disease.
I will of course share stories of the random acts of kindness on here for you all to enjoy!
Thank you to everyone who helped support this event. Especially all of the amazing local businesses and friends who donated raffle prizes and/or cakes and for those who bought raffle tickets.
Together you have helped support essential research into ovarian cancer and together you’ve also made my year! Thank you!
Lots of love xxxx